A while back (maybe a year?) Brigid and I purchased some rayon shirting for a killer deal ($2.50 a yard!!), enough for both of us to make 40’s swing dresses out of. Brigid fulfilled that goal, while I however saved my material, as I wanted to use this special (to me) treasure for the perfect project.
Just this past year, I decided to draft an adorable design from Brigid’s Haslam pattern drafting book (a reprint from the late 1940’s, early 50’s.) With some help from the mastermind seamstress (aka Brigi), I procured a rather successful pattern made to my exact measurements to construct the dress that I am wearing in this post! I made the actual dress back in July, and have worn it a few times since then. It was my first time working with rayon, so needless to say it was rather tricky and “slippy.” I love the finished product, and though the textile I used for my frock is not the most breathable in the world, the carefree design kind of substitutes that factor. I can only imagine this dress design in a light toile or linen… *sigh*
Since me and Brigid now have dresses made up of the same fabric, I’d been trying to convince her to wear her swing dress one of the Sundays that I wear my polkadot frock. She didn’t comply until a few weeks ago when she was having a bit of a difficult time figuring out what to wear. Score! So, of course, we had to do a special COS for you all 🙂